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Re: [News] RPM vs. DEB Differences/Anomalies Resolved

__/ [ Roy Culley ] on Monday 02 October 2006 01:10 \__

> begin  risky.vbs
> <EFYTg.7175$Bw6.7161@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
> yttrx@xxxxxxxxx (yttrx) writes:
>> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> Install .rpm Files in Debian and Ubuntu
>>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>> | Some time you might find some applications are having only .rpm
>>> | files but you want a .deb package for your debian,Ubuntu and
>>> | other debian derived ditributions.If you can?t find .deb debian
>>> | package in any of the debian,ubuntu repositories or elsewhere,
>>> | you can use the alien package converter to install the .rpm file.
>>> | 
>>> | Alien is a program that converts between the rpm, dpkg, stampede
>>> | slp, and slackware tgz file formats. If you want to use a package
>>> | from another distribution than the one you have installed on your
>>> | system, you can use alien to convert it to your preferred package
>>> | format and install it.
>>> `----
>>> http://www.debianadmin.com/install-rpm-files-in-debian-and-ubuntu.html
>> Alright look, seriously, alien has been around for centuries, and
>> has always worked great.
>> Also, interestingly, if you use Alien on an Ubuntu system to convert
>> an RPM to a .deb package, and you install it with the package
>> manager, it shows up in Synaptic under a dedicated list of alien
>> conversion packages.
>> Pretty cool.
> Very cool indeed. How can OSS do all this? I mean, it is all done by
> a bunch of amateurs if we are to believe the wintrolls.

The fragmentation in packaging is commonly-used FUD. I hope it's just another
myth that will find its way down into the drain (GNOME/KDE is another
similar piece of FUD which goes along the same lines). Choices are
interchangeable rather than inter-conflicting, e.g. lilo/grub.

FWIW, I never knew about alien before and wasn't aware of its relevance as

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